Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Press Release : WOW RUN MALAYSIA - Run With Sisterhood 25th October 2015

Kuala Lumpur, 4 August, 2015 
On the 25th October 2015, women from all walks of life will come together and run, zumba and have conversations on leadership in Cyberjaya. Organised and co-sponsored by Nashata, the run is supported by Gorgeous Geeks, Malaysia Women Marathon and Women’s Aid Organisation.

6 Countries, Same Day, Same Time
On the 25th October, 7am, runners from six countries will run 5km together.
Originated from Singapore by Muzdalifah Anuar in 2014 with 1,000 woman runners, the WOW RUN, this year expands to five countries that includes Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippine, Australia and the United States of America. When she started the run in 2014, her goal was to promote fitness in Islam.

This year the run is theme #embracewomenhood, Muzdalifah is spreading the love of active lifestyle with other sisters across the globe with the spirit of sisterhood. The run aims to garner and motivate women to lead an active lifestyle together united as sisters in the spirit and vigor of sisterhood, and not as separate nations.

In Malaysia, the run will be officiated by Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir. Marina is notable for voicing women’s rights in Malaysia.

According to a study by UK Medical Journal, half of women in Malaysia are overweight or obese, and another study on Obesity Journal states that in Malaysia obesity levels were highest among adults 40–59 years old.

Eda Fuzi, the race director in Malaysia, was once obese and now she runs marathon and ultra-marathons to keep fit. She urges women to pick up running to keep fit as it is the most convenient and easiest sporting activity. “You can run anywhere, anytime as long as you have your running attire and shoes,” says Eda. “Running is for everyone, and because of that, we are bringing together women groups to bring the WOW RUN message across,” she added.

To add more energy into WOW RUN, Aida Mohd, a Zumba instructor will lead the runners through a 30 minutes workout. Also a part-time newscaster, Aida says Zumba is incredibly fun and it is a work out for the body, mind and soul.

Girls can have fun and expand horizon at the WOW RUN. While cooling down after a good workout, listen to aspiring women discussing leadership. Alecia Heng, the President of Gorgeous Geek is putting together a panelist of women leaders to talk about leadership in their respective fields. Among the panelist and host are Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Nadiah Tan Abdullah and Karen Loh. Alecia says although it was reported on the Malaysia Economic Monitor November 2012 that over 50 percent of all women received a university degree or higher, only 30% women are at senior management level. Women can make it to the top and these fit ladies will share with you how.
Nashata was one of the inaugural sponsor for WOW RUN 2014 in Singapore and this year runners will get again the modest running attire designed by Nashata. 

All these exciting activities are at the happening at Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), in Cyberjaya. Other sponsors for the run include Good Virtues Co, Biogrow, Tamek, Cyberview as well as MDeC.

For more information and to register visit bitly.com/WOWRUN2015MY. There is a corporate rate of RM50. The run is for women age 12 and above but the men are welcomed to come and cheer. Registration closes on the 30th September 2015.

Monday, 3 August 2015

A Well Deserved Treat

So after the Pink 50 run on Saturday, I decided that we might as well eat something nice and we headed off to a nearby Thai/Seafood place for dinner.

I was so hungry that hubby and I devoured this fish in no time. I even asked for extra rice.
 The next day, we went to Raya Open house.

At my aunt & uncle's house in Rawang, we enjoyed our hometown food. Aserung and my fave - sambal petai. I didn'e even bother trying out other dishes. ^^
And for desserts, my siblings and I enjoyed some really nice durians which our Dad had got from Orang Asli.

I got my run last weekend.
And I got to eat my fave food too.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

The 1st All Women Ultra In Malaysia - Pink 50

Back in June, I wrote a blog post about me hesitating to join Pink 50 which was held earlier today at Taman Saujana Hijau in Presint 11, Putrajaya.
And yet, I still joined and ran in it today. 

The reason being :
1. I needed to do a 32K LSD this week. So, why not join this because otherwise, I doubt I'll do the 32K alone!
2. I need to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to something I don't enjoy - running hilly route.
3. In support of women running development in Malaysia.

As always, for runs in loops, I turn to my yellow post-it-note to jot down my pace chart and plan my timing.

I split my target time into 3, first 7 loops (total of 21K), then another 5 loops (15K) and finally 4 loops (12K) for a total of 48K. Then whatever time left, I hope to do at least another 2 more loops to make a total of 18 loops (54K).

Truthfully, it was quite ambitious target but hey, why not?
So how was the execution?

First 7 loops

I started the run with a runner, Eena. She wanted to follow my pace and although I warned her that I'll be running slower than what she used to do (she's a really fast marathoner), she stuck with me.

It was kinda nice running with someone. It made tackling the incline less stressful, for one. Because we were too busy yakking! LOL

The first 3 loops were done in a 7:30min pace which was kinda fast from what I earlier planned but I was feeling good and the pace didn't feel hard. The cooling morning weather helped a lot too. It was such a joy at that time to run in the scenic Taman Saujana Hijau. 

But it was definitely slower  than what I did last week in Seremban HM. But of course lah. Last week I only ran 21K. This week, I ran more than double that.

But during our 4th loop, while running of the flat section of the hilly Taman Saujana Hijau route, with less than 600m to finish the loop, I tripped and fell.

I later spent about 15 minutes at the checkpoint 2 (CP2) to get the wounds cleaned up by two very nice medic personnel and I told Eena to go ahead and continue without me.
I scraped both my palms and my elbows too and got my Columbia long tee torn a bit. But other than that, and the sting from the wounds, continuing wasn't a problem.

But I guess I was in a bit of shock as my pace went down a bit after that.

But I still managed to complete the first 7 loops (21K) in the 3 hour time limit that I set out to do.
Showing off my cleaned-up elbow for photo proof. Hahaha

Second 5 loops

After the first 21K, my run was by now reduced to run on downhill and flat sections and walk the uphill.
By 11am, the sun was up in full force and there were sections of the route that felt so hard to tackle because of the elevation and the heat.

By now, I occasionally ran together with other runners for company - didn't matter whether we knew each other or not. We talked, we fantasize about waterfalls, cold drinks, etc, we bitched about the route, comparing about how much easier it was to do Route 68...

I had prepared my own stash for fueling (soya bean drinks, chocolates...) but as the sun went up, I was hankering for cold drinks and most importantly coke.

There were no ice or coke served earlier at the water stations and when Hubby arrived later, I told him I needed the two items. Badly.

The first time I request it to him, he replied with "so?" and that got me feeling down a bit but I still continued with my run, trying to be satisfied with just warm Revive and my soya bean drinks.

A nice lady offered some ice which her friend had brought over but I declined. 

After I finished my loop, I requested for coke again and he simply replied "didn't you know they're not serving coke?" which actually got me pretty annoyed at him. I was hot, tired and I need a sugar boost. 

Since realising it was after all my own fault for not bringing the said ice and coke myself, I just continued my run. But I have to admit, I wasn't in a happy place at that time. *note to self, bring own stash of whatever I want to eat/drink when running in looping event that has no shops in the near vicinity*

But all was well after I finished the loop because hubby had a cup of COLD COKE in his hand for me! BLISS! By this time, all was well in the world for me, and I love my hubby back! LOL
When it got unbearably hot, I changed my Adidas cap to a cap with flap to keep my neck covered. As I reached CP2, I'd fuel up, hydrate and then wet my cap so that my head got cooler.

I managed to still do this 5 loops in my target time but just barely and I knew it would be hard to try maintain the third target.

I've only spent time training by running on the treadmill at the gym during Ramadhan and night runs and those aren't enough to prepare for a run in hot weather. I seriously got pooped. 

Truthfully, after finishing the 11th loop, I had thought of quitting. My training plan only requires me to do a 32K this weekend and I achieved that. I don't really need to do 50K right? But somehow, I couldn't let myself stop before it's time to do so.

Trying to push ahead, I'd alternate a loop where I just walked and suffer less, and then do another loop where I'd run for 100m then walk a 100m. 

The Third 4 loops for 48K

By now, I knew that trying to finish 48K in my target time or my lofty dream of achieving 50K in 8 hours would be very hard to achieve.

By the 13th loop, I did a mental calculation and realise that trying to do the 18th loop would mean I'd run in more than 9 hours, because I have only 20 minutes to spare for loop 18 if I continued at my current pace.

I even confided about this to one of the race committee, Lina K who walked with me up the uphill section at KM2 point before she stopped to look after a runner who seemed to be cramping. 

After trying to cut the 35 minutes that I did for the 13th loop in the 14th loop (I managed 33 minutes), I felt that I had nothing to gain to over-achieve and get 54K this time. Especially since I have another race to run next week.

So for the final 3 loops to get 51K, I calculated that I could finish within the 9-hours cut off limit by running at the max, 40 minutes for each loop. So I makan angin. I walked. 
Did my 15th loop in 39 minutes (including rest and toilet stops), 16th loop in 36 minutes and with hubby keeping a lead (he decided to do a loop with me), I did the 17th and final loop in 35 minutes and managed to finish my 51K ten minutes before 9-hours.
Thank you to the Pink 50 committee and volunteers for a good challenge for me today.
Shyam, Suzie, Lina and Asni.
Also to Team Pacat.

Thank you too to MURA for the water provided at KM2 and all the encouragements. Friends who came to support. Fellow runners who always encouraged. Kahwai who made me do rope skipping even though I was at that time already doing 39K. I still can jump! LOL

And lucky me, I even won a hamper during the lucky draw today! ^^

Friday, 31 July 2015

My Durian Reward

I promised myself that if I managed to meet my target at Seremban Half Marathom which I did last week; I'd reward myself to some durians.
Hubby and son eat them but not really a fan so whenever I have a hankering for durians, it's just me who'd enjoy it.
And this, even though is quite nice, is not really a substitute for durian flesh! Hahaha
So after patiently waiting for a week (I ate some at my honetown during Raya), I got my wish!
I'm thinking of another treat this weekend! ^^

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Next Up : Ready For Pink 50

After a very satisfying and happy run at Seremban Half Marathon, now I have Pink 50 to look forward to this Saturday.
It's a loop format run; where the ALL female participants will need to complete a minimum of 50K in 9 hours and will be held at the rather hilly Taman Saujana Hijau in Presint 11, Putrajaya.
The run will also serve as my training run and to gauge whether I can complete at least 47K in less than 8 hours.
I need to be conservative for this, while trying to meet my target as I have King of Sungai Lembing to run in, the week after. Hohoho
Anyways, I hope I can do what I set out to do and enjoy myself together with all the runners, crews and supporters there although it'll be a challenge for me. Hubby works that Saturday and Son has a school activities so for once, I won't have my loyal crew with me.

Absent minded me just realised that there was an option to purchase the event tee... Which I only realised today. Dang!

I kinda like the blue one. ;-)


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